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Sports Columns

What’s new? New England Patriots cheat and Detroit Lions awful

There’s a lot of things you can depend on when it comes to the NFL — some of them good and some of them bad. Two things that stand out from that ever-growing list is that the New England Patriots will cheat and the Detroit Lions will be a mess. Both of them were confirmed earlier this ...

NFC ‘Least’ like watching a train wreck

It’s interesting to watch whether the new vanguard or the old guard will be better represented when the playoffs start in just a few weeks. Teams like Green Bay, Seattle and New Orleans are being challenged by Minnesota and San Francisco in the NFC. Eh, not such a new vanguard there. The ...

Abuse in hockey needs to be addressed

"He's a terrible person, the worst I've ever met." That's how former Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen said that about former Wings head coach Mike Babcock after he berated Franzen during a game against Nashville in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was also corroborated by former ...

Is Panthers coach’s firing first domino to fall?

Will the firing of Carolina’s Ron Rivera just be the first domino to fall in a string of NFL coaches getting dumped? We can only wait and see. Panthers owner David Tepper said in so many words that he was doing Rivera a favor by not keeping him around till the end of the season: “I ...

It’s a wonderful day for pie

At some point Thursday, most of us probably had some flavor of pie to eat. Whether it was the traditional pumpkin, the perfect for the season apple, or the greatest pie ever, pecan, chances are you were satisfied by the time you were finished. Now, it’s that time of year where I get to do ...

NFL stories just get curiouser

There were some interesting goings-on in the NFL over the past week. And it might make some teams work harder at getting win now that we’re in crunch time for the playoffs. That’s even though a majority of the teams involved here are out, or pretty much out, of the playoff hunt. Take ...

When is enough enough?

I’ve wondered that for awhile when it comes to firing coaches. At what point does a general manager or an athletic director look at what is happening on TV or what they’re reading in newspapers and say I can’t take it anymore with this man or woman? At the college level, there’s ...

Cheap tickets for certain NFL games not really nirvana

Have I got a deal for you! We’re leaving Saturday for Washington, D.C., though I better not tell you why. Wait! You mean you’d really accompany me to see the Detroit Lions play at the Redskins this weekend!?!? Well, sorry, I’m not really going, not even with the $7 seats I found ...

Villains outnumber the heroes nowadays in our sports culture

Sports are oftentimes divided into heroes and villains. The heroes are your favorite team, favorite player, people who put you in awe of their abilities or just ones that can inspire you not only in athletics, but in your everyday life. They help you get through your tough times by ...

The less said the better with last week’s NFL prognostications

Yikes, I don’t know if I talked myself out of some obvious picks or what, but a 3-10 record last week doesn’t exactly make me a persuasive pigskin prognosticator, does it? So back to the drawing board with these picks. As I’m spending so much time on research, there won’t be a long ...

Things can only get worse for fans of bad teams

From a young age, we’re taught that when times are tough, or things are just not going our way, that it won’t last and it’ll get better soon. However, if you’re a fan of certain teams, you start to wonder if you’ve been lied to your whole life and you get mad at yourself for ...

Desperate times call for winning measures by NFL teams

Run for your lives! When the tsunami is bearing down on you, or the grizzly bear is chasing you down, that’s when you’ll run faster than world-class sprinters Jessie Owens or Usain Bolt. And I think that’s what happens to some NFL teams, albeit at a much-reduced level. How else ...

NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri shows us age (46) is just a number

Last weekend I felt old. Like really old. As I pulled a muscle in my neck doing the simple task of getting out of bed, I noticed I still had a couple cassette tapes in my apartment. Then later when I was looking at a high school football roster, I realized that a lot of the kids were ...

Time to separate contenders, pretenders in the NFL

Now that we’re at the halfway point of the season, can you tell the difference between the contenders and the pretenders? Well, the easiest ones to see are the non-contenders who can’t even rise to the level of pretender. Put Miami and Cincinnati at the top of that class, followed closely ...

Houston Astros have an abuse problem

Clinching a spot in the World Series would normally be a time for an enthusiastic but sane celebration. Last weekend, Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman decided to celebrate by being a disgusting, insensitive jerk. After Game 6 of the American League Championship ...

It’s a scary week trying to pick winners

I almost feel like I was forced to do it. But when I look back, I think it’ll be the right decision. Looking for a topic for this week’s column when none was apparent, I’m turning inward and looking at my Detroit Lions’ picks this season. For the first time, I’m picking my ...

Remember, sports aren’t everything

Sports are important in many people’s eyes, and rightfully so. They bring us joy, excitement and anticipation, while at the same time providing us with pain, sorrow and disappointment. It’s hard to find a bigger thing in life that can give you that much emotional feeling in a short ...

Detroit Lions latest victims of bad calls

As a Detroit Lions fan, you know what I have to talk about today — those calls on Monday night in the game at Green Bay. Sure, at the time I was thinking how our Lions were getting hosed — again — but just as quickly, I was also thinking aloud, “Same ol’ Lions.” You know, if our ...

Some things never seem to change

Some things may never change in sports. That’s especially the case for Minnesota’s most popular teams. Barring a massive change in their fortunes, the state’s big five programs will always fall short of expectations. I’ve gotten used to this over the years, but no matter how often ...